verb (used with object), scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing.
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Origin of scarify
OTHER WORDS FROM scarifyscar·i·fi·er, nounun·scar·i·fied, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scarifyscarify , scorify
Words nearby scarify
Example sentences from the Web for scarify
Sometimes it may be necessary to scarify the gums, or to apply leeches to them.Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)|Edward Hazen
He bobbed at once, but she hastened to the door to scarify him.Tommy and Grizel|J.M. Barrie
Perhaps the stinging words of last night had at last sunk deep enough to scarify his self-esteem.The Toilers of the Field|Richard Jefferies
Their mode of obtaining charity was to go barefoot and scarify their heels so that the blood might show.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
Nevertheless, he knows how to scarify a petitioner till he has hardly a whole stitch left on his body.The Mantle and Other Stories|Nicholas Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for scarify (1 of 2)
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
- to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination